IDF Planes, Tanks Hit Gaza After Sniper Incident

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Guard towers at Kibbutz Nahal Oz, in the Gaza periphery. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)

The IDF opened fire on Hamas targets in Gaza on Wednesday night after Palestinians shot at an Israeli patrol along the border area, wounding one soldier.

The soldier was evacuated by helicopter to Beersheba’s Soroka hospital. Information on his condition were not immediately available.

Retaliatory air force and tank fire killed at least three Palestinians and wounded several others, according to Hamas-run health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Office confirmed that the army responded by firing artillery from tanks at seven Hamas positions in Gaza.

A military source was quoted in local media as saying that the shooting attack occurred when an IDF patrol moved to disperse a children’s protest at the border, and a sniper used the children as cover for firing at the soldiers.

The incident happened about 1,200 feet from where Staff Sgt. Aviv Levi, Hy”d, was killed on Friday by Palestinian sniper fire, near Kissufim.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman convened senior military and security officials at IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv to assess the situation.

Later Wednesday night, the army said that sirens heard in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council along the Gaza border were a false alarm.


Updated Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 4:42 pm